Aug 26

Sailor Salute (Required of all current choir members) Info. Last day to sign up is today (Fri, Aug. 26)

NEW! TODAY is the LAST DAY to sign up to sing in this mass choir and we sing next week Thursday! No previous singing experience necessary! It’s for our veterans and other military!

Find the link to sign up below in the “details” section. We are at 908 people right now and our goal is 1,000! That’s a choir 3+ times larger than the Singing Christmas Tree! It will be a night to remember! You get a FREE shirt too!

Don’t forget, this year’s MSHS Choir students–this is a required event! If you can’t be there, you need to let me know (I do understand if you have a legit reason)! Check your email for details and for my contact info.

CLICK ON THE LINK TO SIGN UP:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQnEv3adQDRQsRS4arwdSl9oIhg5FgGoW0McWi7Znc4bxEDw/viewform

For further information, see all the stuff below!

WHAT IS SAILOR SALUTE: A community-wide salute, to pay tribute to those who serve our country and community. The event honors active duty military and their families, veterans and first responders including police, fire and emergency personnel. In addition, this is an opportunity for people from all over our area to join together and showcase a unified community. All veterans, active duty personnel, police, fire and first responders are admitted free.

BACKGROUND: Each year, Sailor football coach Matt Koziak has both inspired and embraced a “Military Appreciation Night” as a way of giving back to our area servicemen and women. This year we hope to make it bigger, better and even more significant!

As our broader Muskegon community continues to overcome setbacks, bridge gaps, and propel forward driven by the WATCH MUSKEGON initiative, we have a dream to make the honoring of our heroes yet another way to unify our city on a grand scale.

The salute will be part of the football game between Mona Shores High School and Zeeland West High School. Festivities and static displays of military and first responder vehicles will happen prior to the game. A military fly over, a pre-game patriotic sing- along with hundreds of volunteers on the field with the marching band, freedom rider motorcyclists surrounding the field and plenty of other activities are planned.

THE OBJECTIVE: With area Police, Fire, Emergency Responders and Veterans present to be honored, we aim to include thousands of Muskegon area residents lifting their voices as one united body of people, singing “God Bless America” and our “National Anthem” – accompanied by the prestigious Mona Shores Marching Band.

Donations will be collected for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Mona Shores High School. Event activities start at 5:00pm. Football game with Zeeland West High School starts at 7:00pm.

FOOTBALL GAME: The Mona Shores Sailors will play the Zeeland West Dux, in a battle of two teams who went 9-0 in the 2015-2016 regular season.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE: To sign up for the pre-game singing of “God Bless America” and our “National Anthem” on the football field prior to kickoff at the upcoming event on Thursday, September 1, 2016:

1. ALL are welcome to take part. We want to see kindergartners standing along side senior citizens – and everyone in between – from the entire Muskegon Community. Please invite your friends, family members, and neighbors to do the same!

2. CLICK ON THE LINK TO SIGN UP:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQnEv3adQDRQsRS4arwdSl9oIhg5FgGoW0McWi7Znc4bxEDw/viewform

Remember that all those registered to participate by Friday, August 26 are guaranteed a free commemorative red, white, or blue t-shirt.

3. The night of the event, all participants are asked to arrive NO LATER THAN 5:00pm in the Mona Shores’ Sailor Center Gymnasium (please park on the practice football field behind the East Parking Lot) to pick up their free t-shirt and rehearse. At 6 pm, the group will rehearse with the marching band. Then at 6:40pm both the band and singers will work their way to Sailor Stadium.

WANT TO BE SPONSOR: We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of the commemorative red, white and blue T-Shirt we want to give to all of singing volunteers. For a $200 donation, sponsors will have their logos placed on the back of the T-shirt, receive 4 free tickets to the football game, receive four free T-shirts and a portion of the gift is tax deductible. We need artwork by August 25 at noon. For more information, please contact Ryan Portenga at portengr@monshores.net

Please share this event and invite those you think may be interested.#SailorSalute.

Aug 24

Final Reminder for Overseas Tour Insurance Claims (see names below)!

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NEW! Hello: Michelle Kemp, Jenna Kemp, Gabrielle Hilleary, Brad Hilleary, Brendan Sullivan and Isabella Baker

All of you missed/were unable to attend the insurance meeting we had with Nancy from Ambassador Travel back on August 11th.

She brought each person who was among the group that had airline issues a packet and walked them through how to fill it out in order to obtain a refund.

I now have all of the packets at my home. They must be completed and received no later than Sept. 16th so you are still okay if you want to fill one out.

I spoke with Nancy a few days ago and she said it be best, after you get the packet, to contact her and she will walk you through the filling out the forms process.

Here is her contact info:

Nancy Mettlen

Cultural Tour Consultants

Tel.: 269-343-5667

www.culturaltourconsultants.com

If you would like to proceed, please let me know when you want to come by my home and pick up your packet.

I also emailed each of you this info, so check your email for further details!

Aug 22

Help NEEDED! THIS WEEK! (August 25, 26 and 29…Wed, Thurs, and Mon)

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NEW! MSHS Parents AND Students….please read this!

We sent this plea to help out with uniform fittings four days ago via email and we only have 3 total parents that can help and not a single student.

We need an absolute minimum of 4 volunteers each shift (and that is the bare minimum) for a total of 20 volunteers. The fittings are only a few days away!

Please keep in mind it takes a whole village to make this choir great, and many of our “village” retired last year with their last child! We simply cannot rely on them anymore.

Can you (BOTH PARENT AND STUDENT HELP NEEDED) spare a few hours on any of these days/times in the schedule below?

If so, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa Vredeveld ASAP at: PHONE: (231) 733-2476 CELL: (231) 730-0570 EMAIL: tlvredeveld1518@msn.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. AND/OR

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. AND/OR

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, August 29, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

THANKS ALL!!

Aug 08

OVERSEAS TOUR INSURANCE MEETING THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th, at 7PM in the MSHS CHOIR ROOM

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REMINDER: THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th!

Attention OVERSEAS TOUR Travelers: There is a INSURANCE MEETING for the 38 families affected by the missed flight on the tour, THIS WEEK Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7pm in the choir room. Nancy Mettlen, Cultural Tour Consultants, will be at the meeting to help you all to go through the insurance claims process/complete the forms. I have sent out REMIND text and Facebook Reminders as well.

Could you please respond either via email, Facebook or REMIND text is you plan to attend? Thanks!

Aug 07

Thankful Full Performance and Individual Practice Tracks

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THANKFUL-FULL PERFORMANCE WITH VOICES AND SHEET MUSIC

FOLLOW THIS YOUTUBE LINK: CLICK HERE

 

THANKFUL-INDIVIDUAL PART PRACTICE TRACKS

THANKFUL BASS TWO ONLY

THANKFUL BARI/BASS ONLY

THANKFUL BARI/TENOR ONLY

THANKFUL-TENOR ONLY

THANKFUL-ALTO ONLY

THANKFUL-2ND SOP/ALTO ONLY

THANKFUL-2ND SOP/SOP 1 ONLY

THANKFUL-1ST SOP ONLY

 

 

Jul 13

3RD-12TH GRADE PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP AND SHOWS NEXT WEEK AT MONA SHORES HIGH SCHOOL THE YOUNG AMERICANS WILL BE HERE, JULY 19-23!

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3RD-12TH GRADE PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP AND SHOWS NEXT WEEK AT MONA SHORES HIGH SCHOOL
THE YOUNG AMERICANS WILL BE HERE, JULY 19-23!

There is still time to register for this fantastic, week long, summer music camp (or at least plan now to attend one of the two SHOWS that will be presented on Saturday, July 23rd at 1pm and again at 4:30pm). Tickets for the shows are $10 for students and $12 for adults and ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the MSHS Choir Program!

To REGISTER for the camp or to get further information, including camp schedule and cost, follow this link:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

You can even register for the camp in the MSHS Auditorium Lobby on the first morning (Tuesday, July 19th from 8:30am-9:00am).

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS LIFE CHANGING EVENT FOR KIDS (and you too)!

Jul 04

MSHS CHOIR LISTS FOR 2016-2017

Here are the choir lists for the school year 2016-2017

 

CLICK HERE: MSHS CHOIRS 2016-2017

Jun 18

Overseas Tour Update and Information (June 18, 2016 at 4:47pm Barcelona Time)

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First, I am very sorry for the lack of updates here. My flight was also delayed several hours but things worked out in the end and although we arrived behind schedule, our group 2 of 85 persons did arrive. But, we have been off and running since and are very busy, with very little time to get on social media, as well as issues with internet and WiFi.

Here is what I know so far, but the details coming from the other group change regularly as things progress and they are able to check in.

1. Group One (my flight-the larger one) was delayed several times in Chicago, but fortunately, due our group’s size (85) and the size of the plane in Charlotte, NC, and the timing of it all, they agreed to hold the plane in Charlotte for us ( as we were going to be filling over half of the seats on the plane). Although we arrived in Barcelona, we did arrive behind schedule. We made adjustments, cut out some of things you see on the first day’s itinerary and moved on. Everyone is happy here, but cannot truly fully enjoy ourselves knowing our fellow students, colleagues and friends were left behind.

2. Group Two, which actually left Mona Shores before we did, got on their plane in Chicago and were then told the plane was having mechanical problems. After a long delay where they sat on the tarmac, they could not fix the issue and they deplaned. Realizing at this point they were going to miss their connecting flight to Miami, Brad Hillary, David Dykema, Nancy and Kathy from Cultural Tour Consultants and I were all on phones and in lines at the airport–talking, begging and arguing with flight agents to get the kids to Barcelona. With it being late in the day, there were few flights left going out and being it a weekend, many flights were full or overbooked and many other flights were delayed all over. Let’s just say it was a hot mess. Rebooking 2 people here, 1 there is not so hard, but trying to rebook 37, at that time of day, on a weekend, to Barcelona proved impossible. It was decided that American Airlines would shuttle the kids to a hotel and our own David and Brad stayed back at the airport and worked on rebooking with American. They were able to get all the kids booked on flights for the next day (today). Unfortunately, the group would have to be split so they worked things out to have an adult with each group. And, the flights weren’t for early morning, but later in the day.

3. In the meantime on my end, we have begged that tonight’s concert be rescheduled for 8 pm, instead of 7pm, in hopes that some/all the kids would make it for this concert. The Sant Medir Choir and their families graciously agreed. So that is done.

4. The details here get sketchy for me, as I have had to continue on with our group of 85 here. We had a full evening of activities last night and now a full day thus far today (it’s 4:35pm here now). If curious, our group followed the printed itinerary thus far today.

5. What I have heard from the smaller group is that there was now a group of 9 and a group of 29 that went to two different places (don’t quote me on this). I have heard the group of 9 is due to land at 5:35pm our time here in Barcelona. We have a bus and one of our tour guides awaiting their arrival at the airport and we will do out best to get them to this evening’s concert. Sadly, I am not sure of the 29 yet Last I heard, they were in London but there was some news that their flight was double booked! This is the last news I heard and I am not sure yet what it means (you parents might know more than I do).

6. Due to a very positive group of kids in the smaller group, led by some amazingly positive adults, the word on the street is that moral is still high and they are trying to keep their chins up, but I am sure there is also much sadness, as we feel it here too. We had to give our concert in the La Sagrada Familia without them today and we all felt their loss. It sucks for them…no other way to say it. I did hear while in Miami, the kids were able to do some fun things like visit a shopping mall, do some swimming and I even heard something about going out to see the the ocean (don’t quote me on this one either.)

7. From a financial standpoint, I have been talking to the company and we do have the insurance that was included in our tour package that will come into play, but I don’t know the details of all of this yet. No monetary amount can really take place of the memories made while doing the things we are doing, and my heart truly breaks for the kids and all parents in that regard (the ones at home too!). I wish we could do more, but today’s airlines are not the ones of yesterday. It is a true challenge working with them and only so much control we have from our point of view. This includes the travel company as well. It would be awesome if I could just snap my fingers and make it all better but I cannot. It would be great if the airlines understood what this means to our kids and the things they are missing, but they don’t.

8. We just hope to see everyone together as soon as possible. There will be much to talk about post tour in regard to the loss of this time and it’s events and what it all means, but I encourage you all to stay as positive as you can and keep moving forward. Their are still many wonderful days ahead.

I hope this helps to clear up confusion as best I can. When the different groups are on airplanes we cannot communicate at all and when I am moving around our group of 85 in the city the size of Barcelona, my attention has to be as focused as possible, thus communication between our groups is the best it can be under the circumstances.

Much love and not without great sadness,

-Shawn Lawton

Jun 15

OVERSEAS TOUR: LAST MINUTE DETAILS AND REMINDERS!

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Some last overseas tour details and reminders: 

1) If you are going to leave your call in the MSHS parking lot, please park on the west (theater) side and park as close the band’s podium (back row) as you can.

2) Your airline ticket does NOT look like a typical ticket. It was in the blue folder thing we gave you all at the parent meeting. On one side is your name (highlighted in yellow) and on the other, some info about the flight. THIS IS YOUR TICKET!

3) Don’t forget your passport!

4) BRING YOUR MUSIC AND FOLDER TOMORROW MORNING. WE WILL COLLECT THEM IN THE LOBBY OF THE AUDITORIUM. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR MUSIC WITH YOU, YOU CAN, BUT YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN UP WHEN WE GET BACK HOME, RIGHT AWAY UPON OUR ARRIVAL BACK AT THE HS. WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LET YOU KEEP ALL THAT MUSIC!

5) The early group needs to be in the MSHS auditorium lobby, no later than 5:45am! The later (larger) group, needs to be in the lobby no later than 8:30am, same place! Bring your luggage into the lobby upon your arrival.

6) Ethan Vanderlaan, Jordan Margret and Michael Kresnak, your tour shirts (for the casual concerts) are in the choir room on the black table. You must grab these in the morning!

HERE ARE LINKS TO THINGS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU OR YOU MIGHT WANT A COPY OF: 

For the two Flight Lists, the two Overseas Bus Lists (includes the 64/61 split), the 75/50 split list (for June 26), the Sarlat Hotel arrangements, the adult roommates and travelers by grade level…

Click HERE

 

CLICK BELOW FOR:

 Overseas Tour Hotel Contact Sheet 2016

 

CLICK BELOW for the back home PHONE TREE: 

 

PHONE TREE (Note: the number for Kidder is incorrect. It should be: (517) 490-9828

Full, Complete Itinerary!

CLICK HERE: Mona Shores FINAL ITIN BOOKLET

 

 

Jun 14

French Presentation by Ms. Brown

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NEW! French Presentation by Ms. Brown:

CLICK HERE!

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